DOVER, Del. – It was a historic day for the Wesley College softball team as Lindsay Siok tossed a no-hitter and the Wolverines matched a school-record for wins in a season with a doubleheader sweep of Capital Athletic Conference rival Southern Virginia on Friday afternoon at DuPont Softball Field. Wesley now stands at 20-11 overall and 3-9 in the CAC while the Knights fall to 0-21 and 0-12 in league play.
The Wolverines also won 20 games in 2000 when they went 20-14 under then head coach and current field hockey coach/Associate AD/SWA Tracey Short.
In the opener, Wesley won 9-0 in five innings with Siok (9-8) allowing just two walks and striking out four. A sophomore from Milford, Del., Siok needed just 58 pitches to complete the no-hitter which is Wesley's first in over ten years.
Siok got plenty of help in game one as Nina Marcano went a perfect 3-for-3 with three runs scored. Marcano also went 4-for-4 with four runs scored and an RBI in game two to complete a 7-for-7 day along with three stolen bases. Kayla Fromal also drove in three runs in the opener while Tiarra Maddox and Breanna Hartman had two RBIs apiece.
Both teams went scoreless in the first inning but the Wolverines got on the board with a run in the second on an RBI by Samantha Mahoski. Wesley got another four runs in the third with the first coming as Steph Caracozza crossed home on a wild pitch. Later in the inning, Maddox drove in Sarah Saunders with an opposite field single and Fromal drove in both pinch runner Casey Beall and Marcano with a two-run single.
With a 5-0 lead after three, Maddox delivered with a sacrifice fly in the fourth while Fromal delivered with an RBI double in the fifth, followed by a two-run double by Hartman later on to seal the victory.
Southern Virginia actually took a 2-0 lead with two runs in the opening inning of the nightcap but that advantage was short-lived as the Wolverines erupted for six runs in their half of the frame. Caracozza led off the inning with a triple and scored on a wild pitch, as did Morgan Seymour just after to tie the score.
An RBI groundout by Beall gave Wesley a 3-2 lead before a two-run single by Fromal and another RBI by Hartman gave the Wolverines a four-run lead.
Starting pitcher Lily Engel (9-3) got a 1-2-3 inning in the second before Wesley got another four runs in their next at bat. Beall, who drove in four runs in game two, connected for a two-run single up the middle to score Marcano and Brook Creighton prior to Fromal and Mahoski delivering with RBI base knocks.
Fromal was perfect in game two, going 3-for-3 with three RBIs and a walk.
The Knights cut the deficit to 10-3 with a run in the third but the Navy & White got that run back and then-some with three runs on an RBI triple by Marcano, followed by RBIs by Beall and Mahoski.
Destiny Davis relieved Engel to start the fourth and allowed just one hit over the final two innings but the Wolverines were not done as Creighton drove in two more runs with a double to left in the fourth.
Prior to Wesley's historic day, the Wolverines honored seniors Samantha Mahoski and Brook Creighton in a pregame ceremony. Creighton was a two-year letterwinner for Wesley after transferring in from Limestone College. Mahoski is graduating in just three years with a degree in History and a minor in American Studies.
Wesley closes out the regular season on Saturday, April 11 when its hosts CAC Frostburg State in a 1 pm twinbill.